School of Social Work’s Multicultural Communication Series features civil rights leader Minnijean Brown Trickey of the ‘Little Rock Nine’

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Mar 19, 2008

When: Thursday, April 3, 6-8:00 p.m.
Where: UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom (free and open to the public)

The School of Social Work‘s Multicultural Communication Series is designed to give social justice advocates the opportunity to share their views from a variety of cultural perspectives. The inaugural event, co-sponsored by the Sheraton Waikīkī and Yale University‘s Child Study Center of the School Development Program, features the following speakers:

· Dr. Minnijean Brown Trickey was one of nine African American students who were the first to desegregate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957 following the famous Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision declaring that separate but equal was inherently unequal. They became a model of courage in the fight for racial equality in the decades of civil unrest to come.

· Dr. Ann Lowe is the executive director of the School Development Program at the world-renowned Child Study Center at Yale University. She has received numerous awards as a school leader and community activist. Her research expertise includes minority student achievement and leadership development.

· Dr. Amy Agbayani is director of UH‘s Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) Program which supports the academic success of students from underrepresented groups, including Native Hawaiians, students with disabilities, gay, lesbian and transgender students, and other minority groups. She was appointed first chair of the Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission by Gov. John Waihee.

· Dr. Peter Mataira hails from Aotearoa and is the director of indigenous affairs at the School of Social Work. He is known for his research in, and advocacy for, indigenous voices and ʻlocalized‘ expressions of social work. He recently co-chaired the School‘s international conference Indigenous Voices in Social Work: Not Lost in Translation.

· The Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson, faculty at the School of Social Work, is a Native Hawaiian Kahunapule priest and peacemaker. He was the leading architect in the Hawaiian Apology, Redress and Reconciliation involving Native Hawaiians, the US Government and a number of church denominations, including the United Churches of Christ. He was also the convener of the Racial Justice Working Group on Racism during the racially motivated church burnings in the South.


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